Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

The Wood’s Edge 

 by Lori Benton



ABOUT THE BOOK
At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?
The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.
On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.
When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood’s Edge, go HERE.


MY REVIEW

I am a fan of historical fiction, so I wanted to review this book, and this is my first read from Lori Benton, so I had a double treat. Ms. does an amazing job describing the historical setting. And this setting was especially interesting for me because I love reading books about the very beginning of America, during the 1759 to 1776 era. It was interesting to read about people who were actually there. And event though this is fiction, the way Ms. Benton writes the story, describing each scene in full detail, it made me as a reader feel like I was experiencing these times with these great characters. And I loved the characters and felt with them as they went through so many difficult trials. And I especially appreciate the love, redemption, forgiveness, grace and peace of our Lord so very well explained in this story. People who do not attend church or read their Bibles may read this book, and they will sure learn about Jesus.
A copy of this book was given to me to read and review, and post an honest review.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori’s first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.

NIrV Study Bible for Kids

NIrV Study Bible for Kids 
Published by Zondervan

NIrV study bible for kids

Description

An updated study Bible with an all-new design for kids ages 6-10 using the NIrV written at a third-grade reading level.
The bestselling NIrV Study Bible for Kids starts early readers ages 6-10 on the rewarding path of reading and studying God's Word. This Bible uses the complete text of the New International Reader's Version® (NIrV) which is written at a third-grade reading level and is perfect for those learning to read. With colorful artwork, easy-to-read Bible text, and fun features, kids will engage with the Bible in a way that makes it stick.
Features include:
  • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving
  • 32 full-color pages include illustrations to bring Bible characters and events to life plus helpful study information about the Ten Commandments, how to become a Christian, prayer, and more
  • Check It Out: sketches and descriptions of what life was like in Bible times
  • Brain Game: questions to help kids remember important Bible themes
  • Soak It Up: great verses for kids to memorize
  • Book Introductions: brief overviews of each book with an outline of key events
  • Dictionary: Bible words for quick reference
  • Map section
My Review
I think this is a really cool Bible for kids, and its a study bible. The inside looks like a kid, with the color pictures, the Soak it Up, which includes verses kids will remember, Brain Games, all kinds of neat stuff throughout like, The Ten Commandments, on a cool color page, Options A B and C to help you remember better, Color pages with all about Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and so much more. There are so many neat tools in this Bible your child is going to love it! The cover and the inside just says Kids! What better way to help a child want to carry and study their Bibles than to give them one they will like to carry and study.
I rec'd a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan Publishers for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forrest By Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forrest
By Melanie Dickerson

from BookLook Bloggers

The Hunters of

Book Description

Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the gamekeeper.
Jorgen is the gamekeeper for the wealthy margrave, and he is in pursuit of the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea that at night she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.
Odette is caught up in a ring of black market sellers of poached animals. She thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. However, most of the animals are being sold by the greedy leader of the ring-her stepfather. When Odette discovers what he is doing, she threatens to expose him, putting herself in great danger.
The gamekeeper finds her poaching one night and shoots her, wounding her. When he realizes who she is, he hides her to keep her from being executed by the margrave and also to protect her from her stepfather. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the black market poaching ring . . . as they fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his gamekeeper is protecting a notorious poacher?


About the Author
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

 
My Thoughts
 
Swan Lake and Robin Hood sounds like a fun and interesting story in Melanie Dickerson's new Medieval Fairytale, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forrest. This was a little different from the books I usually read, but I did enjoy reading this tale. The characters are very well created and developed, and a plot that keeps you guessing at times with the twists and turns throughout the story. Even though this book is written as an adult medieval fairytale, I think teens would enjoy this book as well.
 
This book was provided by BookLook Bloggers for me to read and review. The opinion here are mine, and I was not expected to write a positive review.

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell, from Bethany House

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Like a Flower in Bloom
He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?
It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

Where Truth Lies by by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Where Truth Lies
She loves her friends and students in the West, but family obligations have called her home. Where does she truly belong?
After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected.

There's one special thing to look forward to--letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again--and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined?

Then comes a great test of Beth's faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?

A companion story to Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series!

Amish Promises by Leslie Gould


 

Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet
When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.

Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.



Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould is the author of the bestselling Courtships of Lancaster County series and coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Deception on Sable Hill The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series by By Shelley Gray

Deception on Sable Hill
The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series
by By Shelley Gray  



Sable Hill

The World’s Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.
It’s mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.
Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society’s restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe-even if he can never earn her affections. .
Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World’s Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa’s and Sean’s romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?
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Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray


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My Review
Eloise Carstairs life is ruined because of an assault she suffered at the hands of Douglass Sloane, a high and mighty from a wealthy family in the Chicago area. But Eloise is afraid to mention the assault, because she doesn't want people to know, her parents would never accept and understand it, especially her mom, who is more interested in what it seen on the outside, not her feelings. When Detective Sean Ryan, comes into her life, she sees another side of life, because Sean is from the rugged side of Chicago, a place Eloise has never ever known.  Eloise realizes that life is more important that dinners, parties, fancy dresses, servants, and the wealthy way of living, and decides to do what she can to help those who don't have much in life. But she has to be careful because a killer is on the loose, and this killer seems to be after the wealthy young ladies in this Chicago area. Sean will do everything he can to protect Eloise, but will his protection be enough?
 
You will enjoy this clean and fun mystery from Shelley Shepard Gray, along with the twists and turns that make this story one that you just cannot put down. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
 
 
 
 



Thursday, March 26, 2015

PUYB Presents Healing Ruby by Jennifer H. Westall

Healing Ruby 3Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Pages: 369
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback/Paperback/Kindle
Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she’s already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces
losing both her father and the boy who’s stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father’s death.
Through her pain, she’s able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who’s mere presence at his brother’s funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa’a many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the “gift,” she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again.
But faith and doubt can’t reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby’s constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she’s opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can’t see deeper than the color of one’s skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?
“A fast-paced story that will leave readers wondering what’s next for Ruby Graves. This soulful, often poignant novel explores difficult subjects such as death, racism and religious hypocrisy, while still remaining hopeful. One of its greatest strengths is its cast of well-drawn secondary characters, including the…vengeful preacher who tries to thwart Ruby at every turn. Ruby’s unlikely friendship with a cast-out African-American woman and her child is a particularly bright spot in this often heavy novel.”
– Kirkus Reviews


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
What an amazing story, and I love the setting being in the 1930's! Ruby was a special young lady, always willing to help those in need. Ruby's life of heartache and disappointments in life leaves her with a passion and love for people, even so far as leaving out her own needs to help others. I love the feisty and determined spirit Ruby has in this book, and I appreciate the author sharing the faith that was so strong and evident in Ruby's life.
This is my first book by Jennifer H. Westall, and one I thoroughly enjoyed! The characters were well created and developed so well as the story unfolds. I found myself wrapped up in the middle of the characters several times as I was reading. Healing Ruby will have you sitting on edge because you want to finish the book to see what happens! Since I don't like giving away a lot of the book, I'll not go into details about it, but I will say that it is full of twists and turns that make the story fun and interesting. I am really looking forward to more books for this author! I want to encourage you to pick up your copy of Healing Ruby for many hours of enjoyment and fun entertainment!
I received this book from PUYB to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hope Crossing: The Complete Ada's House Trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall

Hope Crossing:
The Complete Ada's House Trilogy
by Cindy Woodsmall
 
 
 
 
Description
Hope Crossing…where Ada’s House stands as a haven for weary souls looking for kindness, faith, and second chances.
 
The Hope of Refuge
Two very different women are pulled by their strongest desires. Deborah Mast joined the Amish church and longs to marry her fiancĂ©, but he is changing. Cara Moore is forced to look into a life that was meant to be hers. Will Ada’s House help them realize their hearts’ desires or will it force them to accept what life has done to each of them?

The Bridge of Peace
Living out her passion for teaching, Lena Kauffman’s work is suddenly interrupted by a series of pranks and accidents targeted toward her and her students. When tragedy strikes her dear friend Grey Graber’s family on school property, the school board begins to blame her for the trouble. As grief and confusion take their toll on Grey and Lena’s friendship, they are both forced to face a new reality that may offer the peace and love they each long for.

The Harvest of Grace
Fleeing a terrible mistake, Sylvia Fisher dedicates herself to saving the failing Blank farm. When prodigal son Aaron returns, he is surprised by this unusual farmhand who opposes all his plans. Will Aaron and Sylvia’s unflinching efforts toward opposite futures mask the bigger picture—a path to forgiveness, grace, and the promise of love?

This three-in-one collection includes the entirety of the best-selling Ada’s House trilogy, now at a new low price!
      
 
My Review
Hope Crossing is an amazing three in one book from Cindy Woodsmall. This is Books one, two and three in this fabulous series. If you enjoy Amish fiction, Ms. Woodsmall's books are an absolute must! And this series is a great way to start. I appreciate that this author creates real life situations for her characters, leaving out nothing that we face in everyday life. And its all written in this fun, exciting, entertaining three books! There is so much to say about these stories, but I don't know how to start without giving any of them away, so I will just stick with what an
awesome series Ada's House Trilogy is, and really encourage you to pick up this book and read and enjoy.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

An Amish Cradle By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman

An Amish Cradle

By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman
Published by Thomas Nelson


Book Description

In the Father's Arms by Beth Wiseman Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne's baby is born with Down Syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God's plan.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston Carolyn and her husband Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child. A teenager when she had her son Benjamin, Carolyn still feels obligated to work to secure Ben's future, even though Josh adopted Ben. She struggles to realize that Josh will love and protect both of their children equally.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller Ellie's mother loves to meddle in her personal life-especially now that Ellie's pregnant. Since Ellie is blind, her mother worries that she won't be able to handle the baby. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in. Just as everyone reaches the breaking point, a miracle draws them closer to each other and to God.
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman At 42, Etta thought her time of having children was over, but she's pregnant again. She goes into labor during a blizzard, and complications with the delivery raise fear. Etta struggles to accept Gotte's wille for the baby and her son, David, who moved away two years earlier in search of what he would do with his life.


MY REVIEW
Four really good books by four awesome authors! One thing I enjoy about these four in one books is that they are short, and each story can be read in one setting! Or if you don't have a lot of time to read, this would be an awesome book for you.
And these are four heartwarming stories about four Amish pregnant women, each having their own struggles. You will sure fall in love with each of these characters, wanting to read more about their families and their new babies! Bottom line, when the stories are Amish, and the author is one of the above authors, its a win-win read!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



About the Authors
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story.
Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. She and her family live in North Carolina.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield.
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Murder Tightly Knit By Vannetta Chapman from Zondervan

Murder Tightly Knit By Vannetta Chapman from Zondervan

Murder Tightly Knit 

By Vannetta Chapman

murder tightly knit
Book Description
When a local Amish man is found dead, the Middlebury Amish Artisan Village comes under suspicion. Two amateur sleuths—one Amish, one English—will have to work quickly to keep fear from dividing their community.
As fall blankets the Pumpkinvine Trail with leaves of brown, gold, and orange, a local Amish man is found dead on the path. The only clues to the murderer’s identity point in two very different directions—toward the local survivalist group and toward the Amish Village—specifically the village’s knitting shop, The Cat’s Meow. The police call in a federal investigator, and he quickly puts everyone on the suspect list. Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer know who isn’t guilty—they know this community down to the last buggy, but can find the guilty party before someone else is in danger?
While Hannah helps Amber solve the mystery, she and Jesse Miller continue courting. But when Jesse’s prodigal brother returns to their farm, Jesse becomes distracted by family troubles. He and Hannah will have to overcome the tension in order to keep their relationship alive. And Amber and Hannah will need to work quickly to solve the murder mystery and bring harmony back to the Amish community.
 
 
 
My Review
Middlebury Amish Artisan Village is in a tailspin because someone was murdered in this little Amish community, and finding out whodunit may not be that easy. But Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer are going to try their best to find out the criminal, to keep Middlebury Amish Artisan Village calm and in order.  But who can stay calm where there has been a murder?
Vannetta Chapman is one of my very favorite authors, and I am really enjoying this new series! I love that she takes a quite little Amish community and stirs up trouble, making the story an Amish tale with a twist! As I read this book, the characters started feeling like friends and family, and I really wanted to find out who left this body in the beautiful fall leaves of this community. Ms. Chapman keeps you in suspense and for me, that means keeping my nose in the book until the very last page! You do not want to miss this exciting new series from author Vannetta Chapman, and while you are checking out Murder Tightly Knit, don’t forget to check out the first book, Murdered Simply Brewed!
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
 
 
About the Author
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid

A Woodland Miracle

by Ruth Reid


Book Description


Grace feels like she can't measure up to those around her, and Ben could use a good dose of humility.

In their small northern Michigan district, where women outnumber men three to one, Grace doesn't believe she will ever attract a husband, especially with her limp. Tired of struggling both emotionally and physically, Grace is ready to see the specialist in Ohio, even if it means going against everything she's heard about God's grace being sufficient.

Ben Eicher is a young man from Pinecraft, Florida, whose carefree ways have caused him to lose his father's respect-again. According to Ben, though, life shouldn't be so serious that it suffocates all the fun. When he is sent to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to get his life back on track, he never thought it would mean working alongside a woman-especially a hardworking one like Grace. The last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her.

Meanwhile, the Amish community becomes entangled with two potentially dangerous men on the run. When Ben discovers Grace has been kidnapped, he sets out to find the woman who has captured his heart and risks his own life when he attempts to lure the captors away.

Grace must learn that God's love is sufficient, and Ben is left to ponder whether he belongs back in Florida, or in the northern woods-with Grace.

About the Author

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.


My Review

Grace is single, and she plans to stay that way because the women outnumber the men so much, there is just not enough guys to go around! But then two handsome unknown guys show up on Grace's family doorstep, and well, could this change things for Grace? After all she does have a disability that she is not willing to talk about to strangers.  But then Ben was something different to look at!

I like the way Ms. Reid puts two guys from a somewhat liberal Amish community in Florida in the middle of a small northern Michigan district, in the forest. Way back in the sticks. They were for sure not use to working as hard as their Amish Michigan friends, but they wouldn't let anyone think they wouldn't up for the task.

They story line got a little weird with the two dangerous guys and the man hunt with Grace and Ben. At first, it was pretty entertaining, but then as the chase kept going on, and on, and on, I really got bored and there was a lot of fast reading to skim over it. All in all, it ended up with a good ending, so I am glad I read it.


I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NASB Note-Taker's Bible Published by Zondervan

NASB Note-Taker's Bible  
Published by Zondervan
 
 

Book Description


Finally, a hardcover Bible that has plenty of room for taking notes during public or private worship, small group fellowships, or any other time or place readers feel the need to make comments in their Bible. No more cramped writing in tiny margins—the NASB Note-Taker’s Bible makes it easy to stay organized and neat. Readers will be able to personalize the text of God’s Word to their lives like never before and will treasure it as a record of their spiritual journey. Includes the complete text of the popular New American Standard translation.

Features:

  • Deluxe wide margins for note takers
  • Complete NASB text
  • Double column text for easy reading
  • Words of Christ in red letter
My Review

This is a great Bible for many reasons, but mainly because you have plenty room to take notes, right in your Bible so you will always have them with you. I am a big note taker, so this is just the Bible for me. I appreciate the extra wide margins that give me extra room to write notes or extra scripture that goes along with the text. And I like seeing the Words of Jesus in red letter. That is not in a lot of Bibles for adults, and it just makes me smile when I can pick out those precious words right away because they are red. The Hardcover, is another nice feature of this Bible. And if you enjoy the New American Standard translation, you have it here.

All in all, this is a really good addition to your Bible collection, or if you are looking for a Bible to carry with you all of the time, this is great for that too. I encourage you to check this Bible out, and see what you think about it. I hope you like it as much as I do!  I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible Explore the King's Love for His People on a Cover-to-Cover Journey Through the Bible

NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible
Explore the King's Love for His People on a
Cover-to-Cover Journey Through the Bible
 
 

Book Description


A new read-through-the-Bible Bible divided in manageable portions and featuring deep and relevant devotionals that bring readers close to the heart of God.

As they journey through the Bible from cover to cover, readers will appreciate how the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible will help them through tough spots such as Numbers and Leviticus while giving them deeper understanding of the Scriptures and connecting them with the heart of its Author. Readers will experience rich insights into the original contexts of Scripture, and God's heart will be unveiled in new ways.

This Bible includes 365 engaging devotions to serve as your tour guide, walking you through Genesis to Revelation in manageable portions. Each devotion includes a summary section of the Scripture passage, an application section that reveals God's good heart, and an insight section that ties each passage into the rest of God's great story.

As you experience God's Word through this devotional Bible, you'll see his divine fingerprints from beginning to end, even in the most unexpected places. And you'll encounter a deeper, fuller picture of the Jesus you thought you knew.

Whether you are starting out on your first steps or a seasoned traveler, let the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible open your eyes to God's good heart. Join him in his story. And experience a more intimate walk with him.


My Review

I have enjoyed reviewing Bibles for the past few months. I like different versions of the Bible, as well as the different Study Bibles. Each study Bible, thought they are somewhat alike, they have different devotions, and different study tools. In this Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible there are 365 devotions that are centered around verses and devotions that reveals the heart of God. These devotions along are enough to want to purchase this Bible. And the Bible is beautiful, inside and out. This is a good Bible for you if you like Study Bibles.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall
a love undone


A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?
At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.
Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.
As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?
 
 
 
 
My Review   The little Amish community supported and admired Jolene for giving up her life and marriage and taking on the job of raising her family after both parents were killed in a buggy accident. But it wasn't easy, and she had to take on a cleaning job to help with the expenses, along with help from family and those in her community. After ten years, and most of her siblings grown, Jolene meets Andy Fisher and sparks begin to fly between them. Sparks both good and bad because they didn't get along with each other, get there was something there that both didn't want to admit at first. But then Andy was out of the marriage ring because his wife had left years ago, and the Amish rules are, once married, always married unless death parts a couple. Which I think is a pretty harsh rule, but then I am not Amish. I did feel sorry for both Jolene and Andy, because life just wasn't being fair to either of them.

Cindy Woodsmall does a really good job of pulling this story together, weaving all of the difficulties and problems and giving it a real nice ending. This is an awesome story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Amish!

This book was given to me by Blogging for books and their blogging program. The opinions here are mine, and mine alone.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.




About the author
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written fifteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.
She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible from Thomas Nelson

Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible 
By Editors-in-Chief: Phil Robertson and Al Robertson
 
duck commander Bible

Description

The stars of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty are committed to upholding five core values both on and off the screen: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom.
The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible features new stories and testimonials by Phil, the Robertson family patriarch, and his son Al, a pastor with more than 22 years of experience. Together they offer fresh wisdom on biblical values and how everyday people can apply them to their lives.
Powered by relentless dedication to sharing the gospel and celebrating Christ’s kingdom, the Robertson family has become influential to contemporary evangelism and discipleship. The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible unleashes the power of their practical insight into critical faith issues, founded on God’s Word.
Features include:
  • Full text of the New King James Version Bible
  • A personal welcome note from Phil and Al Robertson
  • 125 articles on the top 24 most-searched topics on BibleGateway
  • Life application and scripture references supplement each article
  • 30 days of life-changing testimonials
  • Topical index and reading plans

MY REVIEW

For all of you Duck Dynasty fans, you will love this Bible. It is the Duck Commander Bible with a hearty welcome from Phil and Al, the oldest son. The cover looks like a man, and even under the dust jacket it has Duck Commander logo. It is the NKJV and has 125 really awesome articles that Phil and Al wrote. The Robertson boys might like Camouflage, but they will let you know that there is nothing camouflaged here in this Bible. And also included are the five core values that have been the cornerstone of their lives; faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness and freedom. This is a really cool Bible for anyone, but especially the Duck Dynasty fans. Get the Bible that tells what is behind this wonderful family.
 
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Secrets of Sloane House by By Shelley Gray

Secrets of Sloane House 
By Shelley Gray

 

Book Description

One woman’s search for the truth of her sister’s disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago.
Rosalind Perry has left her family’s rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago. However, Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family—she’s at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister’s mysterious disappearance.
Reid Armstrong is the handsome heir to a silver fortune. However, his family is on the periphery of Chicago’s elite because their wealth comes from “new money” obtained from successful mining. Marriage to Veronica Sloane would secure his family’s position in society—the lifelong dream of his ailing father.
When Reid begins to realize that Rosalind’s life may be in danger, he stops thinking of marriage prospects and concentrates on helping Rosalind. Dark things are afoot in Chicago and, he fears, in Sloane House. If he’s not vigilant, Rosalind could pay the price.
Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.


About the Author
Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio.


MY REVIEW

One of the interesting things that I enjoyed about this book was that it was set in Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair. The historical events were fun to read and learn about. Rosalind was trying to find the mystery around the disappearance of her sister, so she takes a job with a wealthy family, the same place her sister worked. But to her amazement, no one would help her at all, they were closed mouth about it all. Then she meets Reid, who is willing to help her, but would it be worth letting him help her?

Shelly Gray leaves her Amish writing for a new take in this historical novel. I have always liked Ms. Gray's writing, and this one is  just as good. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical story, the mystery of it all, and what it takes to find out what is going on with the sister Rosalind is so anxious to find out about.

BookBook Bloggers sent me this book to read and review. The opinions here are my honest opinion.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Amish Second Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer

An Amish Second Christmas  
by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer
 
 
 
 

Book Description
Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romance

“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman

Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid
Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.



My Review

If you enjoy Amish fiction, this book is a must for you! Written by four well known authors in Amish fiction, I thoroughly entertained in each of these stories. For me, the four short stories worked so well because it takes me so long to read a full size book, I enjoyed reading a story so fast!

Each of these stories have their own unique and difficult situations, and in each the characters were like real, and I felt like I was reading about real people! One of the fun parts of these stories was seeing how each family celebrated Christmas. Though the Amish all have the same tradition, each family's Christmas was unique and interesting. You can read above in the book description about each story, and I highly recommend that you try out this book. One of the best Christmas books so far this year that I have read!

This book was provided by BookLook Bloggers for me to read and review. I was not expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine!
 

About the authors

Beth Wiseman
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story.
Kathleen Fuller
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including *A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield.
Ruth Reid
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.
Tricia Goyer
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children.
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NIV First-Century Study Bible Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context

NIV First-Century Study Bible
Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context
 
 


Book Description
Experience the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring the cultural, religious, and historical background of the Bible. This Bible allows you to understand God’s Word in its original cultural context, bringing Scripture to life by providing fresh understanding to familiar passages, beloved stories and all the Scripture in between. The NIV First-Century Study Bible invites you into the questions, stories, and interpretations—both ancient and modern—which introduce you to a world vastly different from your own. Let us read with an eye on the past and with our feet planted in our present questions and circumstances.
Join Kent Dobson as he unpacks the culture of Bible times, and illuminates Scripture passages while asking thoughtful questions along the way. Kent is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.


My Review

The NIV First-Century Study Bible has a beautiful cover and is very attractive sitting on the shelves of stores everywhere! I thought this would be a really neat study Bible since it focuses exploring Scripture in its Jewish and early Christian context, but some of the notes, I'm just not sure about. There are a lot of interesting study tools in this Bible, the maps would be very helpful in studying the Early First-Centry, and I really enjoyed the pictures and drawings throughout. But I am just not sure this would be a Bible that I would use in my studies. But each person really needs to make the decision for themselves, so pick up a copy for yourself and see what you think!


I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


About the Editor
Kent Dobson is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Kent lived and studied in Israel where he earned a Masters Degree in History and Geography of the First Temple Period from Jerusalem University College. He also studied Comparative Religion at the Rothburg International School of the Hebrew University.
Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.
Kent lives is Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and three children.

 

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    Season's of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

    Season's of Tomorrow

    by Cindy Woodsmall

    Discription of book

    As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.
    More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.
    Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.
    When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?



    What I Think


    Jacob has left the Old Order Amish settlement and probably won't return, since his brother and ex-girlfriend are now seeing each other in public. Then there is Leah and the Englischer friend Landon that are in love, and Leah will probably leave the Amish. But not if Leah’s dad has anything to do with it. And then a horrible disaster hits one of the family members, and throws their world unside down, and not one of them knows what to do. This family is so mixed up, its really difficult to see how this author will pull them out of their troubles.

    But she does, in a surprising way. Cindy Woodsmall weaves together this dysfunctional family with all of its many twists and turns, and mostly bad ones, and come up with and ending that will bless everyone. One thing I love about Cindy Woodsmall’s books is that I know they will be a different Amish story with many unique and exciting twists and turns. With everything going on in this forth and last book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series, I kept getting nervous because I couldn’t see a way for this story to end without everyone falling apart. But yet again, the amazing Ms. Woodsmall so wonderfully weaves all of the dysfunctions of this family and their friends, as well as the many difficult situations they are forced to face, and comes up with an ending that will delight your very being! I love, loved this series and for me, these four books are keepers for me! If you enjoy Amish books, you need to get this one, and the first three books in the series.
    I received this book from Book Look Bloggers for a free review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible - Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk

    Book Description

    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk.

    Are you experiencing a hunger to know God more completely in your life? Do you long for a deeper connection with him? If so, then the NIV Spiritual Renewal Bible - the recipient of the 1999 ECPA Gold Medallion Award - is for you. Using a time-tested process honed over decades of counseling and teaching, Stephen Arterburn employs 7 core principles of spiritual renewal and refreshment, connecting you more closely with God’s Spirit through his Word and helping you to develop the deep, satisfying change you desire in your spiritual life.
    Features:

    66 book introductions focused on the thematic study and spiritual renewal aspects of each Bible book

    Text notes highlight renewal themes as they emerge from the text of the Bible

    Multi-feature character profiles assess how different personalities managed different challenges in their walk with God

    Spiritual keys devotional reading plan: Two cycles (OT and NT) of 49 devotions each lead the reader through 7 keys of spiritual renewal with 7 devotions for each key

    Spiritual disciplines essays that describe the various disciplines of the faith such as prayer, Scripture reading, and others

    Spiritual disciplines profiles: one-page articles that describe how certain characters of the Bible employed the various Spiritual disciplines in their lives.

    What I Think

    You might say, How is this Bible different from any other, and can't I get the same things from reading just any Bible? The answer is Yes! All NIV Bibles are the same, but the difference is, some have devotions, verses pulled out together or highlighted, and other unique things that will help each person with a particular need. The main thing that stuck out to me in this Bible is 'Spiritual keys devotional reading plan: Two cycles (OT and NT) of 49 devotions each lead the reader through 7 keys of spiritual renewal with 7 devotions for each key.' With this special Bible, you can focus on these 7 spiritual keys and the devotions that go with them. Everything you need about each of these keys is right at your fingertips, and ready for you to read and study them. And to answer my questions more clearly, even though all NIV Bibles are the same, in this particular one, you have a different Bible study unique to only this Bible.

    To me, everyone and anyone can benefit from this study. Some of the things may be what you have studied before, but you might just learn something new when you go through this study, just as I did. Check this bible out and consider picking up one for yourself, and maybe a friends. This would be a good Group Study Bible.  I was given a copy of this Bible in exchange for my personal opinion and review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, just my own opinion.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible ...Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk...By Stephen Arterburn

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible ...
    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk...
    By Stephen Arterburn


    Book Description


    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk.

    Are you experiencing a hunger to know God more completely in your life? Do you long for a deeper connection with him? If so, then the NIV Spiritual Renewal Bible - the recipient of the 1999 ECPA Gold Medallion Award - is for you. Using a time-tested process honed over decades of counseling and teaching, Stephen Arterburn employs 7 core principles of spiritual renewal and refreshment, connecting you more closely with God’s Spirit through his Word and helping you to develop the deep, satisfying change you desire in your spiritual life.

    Features:

    • 66 book introductions focused on the thematic study and spiritual renewal aspects of each Bible book
    • Text notes highlight renewal themes as they emerge from the text of the Bible
    • Multi-feature character profiles assess how different personalities managed different challenges in their walk with God
    • Spiritual keys devotional reading plan: Two cycles (OT and NT) of 49 devotions each lead the reader through 7 keys of spiritual renewal with 7 devotions for each key
    • Spiritual disciplines essays that describe the various disciplines of the faith such as prayer, Scripture reading, and others
    • Spiritual disciplines profiles: one-page articles that describe how certain characters of the Bible employed the various Spiritual disciplines in their lives.

    My Review



    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way By Stan and Jan Berenstain, with Mike Berenstain

    The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way 
    By Stan and Jan Berenstain, with Mike Berenstain



    Book Description

    Now in a convenient 3 stories in one collection, young readers will learn from the Berenstain Bears just how important it is to serve and love one another. Written in level one of the I Can Read standards, this bind-up of stories from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights I Can Read series is sure to please young, emergent readers as well as parents and grandparents looking for good quality reading that will help practice early reading skills as well as teach lessons about serving and caring for others. Included in this collection are the following titles: Faith Gets Us Through; Have No Fear, God Is Near; Piggy Bank Blessings.

    MY REVIEW

    In this neat book you are getting a triple blessing. This is three stories in one from The Berenstain Bears. In this beautiful hardcover book you are getting, Faith Gets Us Through Have No Fear, God Is Near Piggy Bank Blessings. All three of these books are wonderful for kids because they teach such valuable lessons that all kids need to learn. And they seem to learn better from someone they like and know best, and that is the Bears in the Berenstain family. And one very special thing I love about this book is that the stories are for kids just learning to read. You child will be amazed at how easy and fun it will be to read this book themselves. And for those little ones still learning to read, they will love having these three stories read to them. Check this beautiful book out today!

     I received this book from Book Look Bloggers for a free review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    The Advocate by Randy Singer

    The Advocate
    by Randy Singer

    Overview

    At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths—Roman crucifixion.
    When he returns to Rome, Theophilus must prove himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He endures the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials and the attempts of a cruel tyrant to control the woman he loves. But his struggle for revenge leaves a stain on both the empire and his own troubled soul.
    Ultimately, he will face the most notorious Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?
    The Advocate’s first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.


    MY REVIEW

    I love anything Randy Singer writes and The Advocate is by far my favorite of Mr. Singer's yet. I was intrigued how he takes a man mentioned very little in the Bible, and creates a life for him. Theophilus is a Bible Character I've read and wondered about, but didn't understand his role in the Scriptures until I read this book. And I know being a work of fiction, this is Singer's imagination and creation of this man, during this period in history through the study and research he's done, but I love being able to bring a character to life before our eyes and we read the pages of a book such as this. Reading The Advocate gives a real sense of being in that moment in time, and I can understand reading the Scripture related to this story so much better.

    I have only good things to say about this new book by Randy Singer, and I recommend it highly for you if you like Biblical fiction. A copy of this book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for me to read and give an honest review. The opinions here are mine, and no one elses.


     I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for a free review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible from Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers


    NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

    Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden

    Book Description

    God will meet you personally in your garden... and in his. Throughout the Scriptures God has revealed spiritual truth in the language of growing things. This Bible will take you into a deeper relationship with God through the contemplation of soil and soul. The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible will inspire you to seek God in a personal way through informative essays, devotional readings and prayers that explore the nature of the gardener’s work, the rewards of gardening, the influence of seasons and weather, and the joy of the harvest. In this Bible you will also find botanical-themed pages containing horticultural information for the prominent plants noted in Scripture and landscape-themed pages highlighting the main gardens and regions in which the events in the Bible took place. Draw near to the One whose garden is planted with delight---in you!

    Features: * 260 daily devotions and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes and placed near relevant passages in the text to explore the biblical metaphors of gardens and gardening * Beautiful, durable hardcover * Topical Index (for 52 weeks) * Special sections on the Garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus the Vine.


    Review   This is a Bible for those who like to garden. The weekly and monthly devotionals were written the gardener in mind. There are special sections about The Garden of Eden, Jesus' Last Supper teaching on the vine, and The Book or Revelations and the urban Gardens. The inside of the Bible has green as the color of the captions and the titles of the devotions, etc. I think anyone who enjoys gardening would enjoy going through this Bible and the series of devotions throughout the Bible. My copy of this Bible is a hard copy, and the dust cover has a neat and pretty picture of flowers, gloves, and other things a gardener would use. And the hard cover front of this Bible has the same neat picture.
    This is a very nice Bible. It is different, I've never seen a Bible with a gardener theme. I highly encourage those who enjoy this theme to pick up a copy of this pretty Bible.
    BookLook Bloggers sent me a copy of this Bible to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
     
     

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Celebrate Recovery Bible Foreward by Rick Warren from Zondervan

    Celebrate Recovery Bible

    Foreward by Rick Warren

    From Zondervan
     
     
     

    Book Description

    This softcover Bible is an ideal, real-life spiritual guide for anyone looking for hope in the face of difficult circumstances and the negative habits they are trying to control. Based on eight recovery principles found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and on the underlying Christ-centered twelve steps of the proven Celebrate Recovery program, this Bible lifts readers up and shows them how to walk, step by attainable step, on a path of healing and liberty.
    Featuring a foreword by Rick Warren, the NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible offers hope and encouragement to all who feel powerless and stuck. Through developing a relationship with Jesus Christ, readers will be empowered to rise above their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
    Features:
    • Full text of the world’s most popular modern English Bible—the New International Version (NIV)
    • Articles explain eight recovery principles and accompanying Christ-centered twelve steps
    • Over 110 lessons unpack eight recovery principles in practical terms
    • Recovery stories offer encouragement and hope
    • 30 days of devotional readings
    • Over 50 full-page biblical character studies are tied to stories from real-life people who have found peace and help with their own hurts, hang-ups, and habits
    • Book introductions
    • Side-column reference system keyed to the eight recovery principles
    • Topical index

    My Review

    I choose this Bible to review because I know so many people that have gone through the Celebrate Recovery class, and I know how much my friends have been helped because of Rick Warren and his ministry. This is a beautiful Bible inside and out. The cover has a beautiful picture on it, and the fonts and colors make it all very nice. Inside, the words are in a brown color. This is truly a different kind of study Bible. It was put together with those who have taken this class in mind. Among the special things in this NIV Bible as lessons that unpack the eight recovery principles in practical terms, devotional readings, Bible character studies tied to stories from real-life people who have found heal and peace in their own life. And the most important and the one I found most special is the Recovery Stories of people who have found help while attending Rick Warren's Celebrate Recovery classes.

    There is so much in this special Bible, and it holds a special place in my heart because of the lives changed by this study. Everyone who has taken this Celebrate Recovery class needs a copy of The Celebrate Recovery Bible. I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.